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The reported death of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from cancer in Tripoli has made a lot of media people pull out their files. Megrahi was a former Libyan intelligence officer, and the only man convicted of responsibility for the Lockerbie disaster in which a bomb placed on a Pan-Am aircraft killed 270 people in 1988. He was released by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds in 2009.
I doubt, however, that many government people have pulled out their files – unless they are mainly concerned with the media. Megrahi's death was expected and probably changes nothing. We know that he was convicted by a Scottish court in 2001, and that his first appeal was rejected in 2002. His second appeal was abandoned, although the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Board had drawn attention to grounds for believing that there might have been a miscarriage of justice, in an 800-page report that has since exceptionally been published.
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